§ DR. R. AMBROSE (Mayo, W.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has been drawn to the fact that Mr. Garvey, of Murrisk, county Mayo, admitted, during the hearing of his claim for compensation for malicious burning at the Mayo Assizes held at Castlebar on 18th instant, that he had been dismissed from the Royal Navy and imprisoned for stealing the money of a brother naval officer, and also that he had to resign the petty sessions clerkship of Louisburg Petty Sessions district owing to defalcations in his accounts; and whether he is still entrusted with the distribution of the funds of the Congested Districts Board in connection with the improvement of the breed of farm stock and poultry?
§ MR. GERALD BALFOUR
I have read a newspaper report of the proceedings before the Grand Jury of Mayo on Friday last, on the hearing of Mr. Garvey's claim for compensation for the malicious burning of his dwelling-house and out-offices. From that report it appears that Mr. Garvey stated he had been dismissed from the Royal Navy for larceny upwards of 30 years ago, when he was only 16 years of age. It does not appear from the newspaper report that he admitted he had to resign the office of petty sessions clerk owing to 335 defalcations in his accounts. As a matter of fact, he held that office for 11 years, and there were no defalcations' in his accounts, or any other circumstances necessitating his resignation. As regards the second paragraph, Mr. Garvey keeps poultry, under an agreement with the Congested Districts Board, for the distribution of eggs, and an ass, the property of the Board, is also under his charge for breeding purposes. He is not entrusted with the distribution of the funds of the Board, nor is he a salaried officer of the Board.